In my book, Never Give Up, there is a chapter about building my golf course in Aberdeenshire titled “When the Other Side Expects a Duel, Offer a Partnership”.
Considering my current presidential campaign in the United States, that statement could be considered to be prescient.
Let’s just say I have had some experiences and lessons learned in Scotland that have helped my current status politically.
Most of you know by now that I have family roots in Scotland as my mother was born on the Isle of Lewis.
I am also known as a great golf course developer, and since Scotland and golf go hand in hand, it is no surprise that I would be passionate about developing a golf course there.
I think what surprised people is just how passionate I was about it – it’s kind of like how I feel about America.
When I first arrived on the scene in Aberdeen, the people of Scotland were testing me to see just how serious I was – just like the citizens in the United States have done about my race for the White House.
I had to win them over – I had to convince them that I meant business and that I had their best interests in mind.
Well, Scotland has already been won – and so will the United States.
None of this has been fast or easy in either venue.
I had reviewed sites in Europe for over five years and had considered 100 possibilities before seeing the links land at Menie Estate.
I was thrilled. Then, the reality set in. People laughed when they saw what I had planned for these spectacular 1,400 acres, and wasted no time in telling me I’d never ever get approvals to go ahead. Never ever.
For those of you who know me, this was a challenge I welcomed.
But it reminds me of the response I had when I announced my candidacy for the presidency of the United States in June of 2015.
“Really!?” was about it.
I saw the tide turn in Aberdeen when it became apparent that I was doing extensive research on environmental concerns and had hired the leading authorities on everything concerning this amazing land.
For example, the 25 acres of sand dunes required the attention of geomorphologists.
We worked with Scottish National Heritage and forged a partnership based on our collective interests.
Any mistrust was replaced by confidence in my ability as well as my dedication.
I spent a great deal of money because this was, indeed, a labour of love for me.
It honours my mother and has helped the economy of Scotland. My family and I are grateful to both Scotland and United States, and it feels good to give back.
When I make an analogy of my work in Scotland to my pursuits in the United States, there are several parallels that are very clear to me.
Passion. Giving Back. Dedication. Results!
In Scotland, we worked together for the best results possible. The results have been spectacular. The course has been touted as the greatest links course in the world.
I wish I could say the same about the state of affairs in the United States.
But that’s one reason I have been so determined in my quest for the Presidency – I know I can produce results, I know I can make a difference.
I know it won’t be easy, but Scotland wasn’t easy either!
There’s a stubborn streak in me that I inherited, and I am grateful for that.
That’s what produces winners.
As Scots, I think you will have to agree with me.